After Five Years, Finally ICSP14!

Author:  Mario Guagliano | ICSP14 Chair |
Source:  The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 37, Issue 1, Winter 2023
Doc ID:  2023009
Year of Publication:  2023
THE 14TH International Conference on Shot Peening (ICSP14), initially planned in 2020 and then postponed to 2022 due to the COVID emergency, was finally held five years after the last ICSP13 in Montreal, Canada. ICSP14 was hosted at Politecnico Milano in the buildings of the Campus Bovisa from September 4th to the 7th, 2022. ICSP was hosted in Italy for the first time and not without fears for the organizers. Indeed, it was not easy to foresee how many delegates could come and how many people were willing to come due to the continuous and uncertain news given every day by the media. However, the decision to have the conference in-person was the right decision. “Last January,” says Mario Guagliano, chair of the conference, “My colleagues and I were wondering if organizing the ICSP14 in person could be a good idea or if a virtual conference would be a better and less risky choice for us and for the people interested in attending. Finally, we decided to go with the in-person option and now I can say it was the right decision. We missed most of the Chinese delegates due to the strict COVID restrictions in China, and it is a pity. However, we organized remote sessions for speakers from China and they were happy to present their work in this way. Apart from the problem with Chinese delegates, the overall participation was more than satisfactory.”

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